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PCN Seals 160 Patent Medicine Stores In A’Ibom

Posted: Oct 3, 2015 at 12:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri


The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has sealed a total of 160 Medicine shops from 284 premises visited in 17 out of 31 local government Councils in Akwa Ibom state in its ongoing enforcement and monitoring exercise in the state.

The affected shops which include five pharmacies and 155 patent medicine stores were sealed for failures to meet with the minimum requirements for storage and personnel as well as dispensing poison without the advice of the pharmacists Council of Nigeria.

The council said that the observed shortfalls exposed unsuspecting members of the public to danger of consuming drugs whose quality and safety could not be guaranteed.

Briefing journalists on Friday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, the Deputy Director and Head of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, said that three premises were issued compliance directives for offences bordering on poor document to untidy environment among others.

“It was observed that so many premises commenced operations without following laid down guidelines. 

“While many of the premises are located in environments that are not conducive for the sale of medicines, so many other failed to meet minimum requirement for storage and personnel thus exposing members of the public to the dangers of consuming medicines whose quality, safety and efficacy cannot  be guaranteed.

“At the end of the exercise, a total number of 284 premises were visited. 160 of them comprising five pharmacies and 155 patent medicines shops were sealed for offences ranging from dispensing poisons without the supervision of a pharmacist, poor storage conditions, selling medicines above the approved list for patents medicines non registration of premises with PCN among others.”

He commended the level of compliance by premises in the state capital in meeting basic requirements for the practice adding that he was impressed with standard in the capital, the Council’s Deputy Director added that the exercise was a continuous process mainly to monitor encourage the practitioners to do the right thing, adding that serious offenders would be prosecuted.

“The essence of this is to encourage and monitor them on a continuous basis, some of them have been warned before, there is nothing punitive about it, we are just trying to encourage them to do the right thing, however those with serious offences would not be spared,” he said.